Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Very Heaviest of Air Freight Carriers Appoints New Sales Team

Break Up of Ukrainian/Russian JV Mean Operator Goes It Alone
Shipping News Feature
UK – Following the breakup of Ruslan International, the joint operation between Volga-Dnepr and Antonov Airlines due to the political situation which exists between Russia and Ukraine, the giant AN22, -124 and -225 cargo aircraft it formerly offered for charter to the commercial sector, will now be managed by the aircraft’s owners. Antonov Airlines, has now announced it has appointed a new sales team to take responsibility for continued marketing and operations of arguably the most useful aircraft in the international freight sector.

Dreamlifts Limited is now the Antonov’s general sales agent and is based at the company’s new offices in Stansted Airport’s Diamond Hangar. As long term cooperators with Antonov, Dreamlifts’ sales team includes some of the best-known and most experienced names in the outsize cargo sector.

Paul Furlonger continues his long association with Antonov Airlines, having spent the past 26 years working with the carrier’s world-famous aircraft, whilst Graham Witton, who first began working with Antonov Airlines in 1999, once again teams up with Michael Goodisman, who commenced his career with the company in 1996. Together, they have an unrivalled knowledge of the outsize cargo sector.

They are also joined by Paul Bingley, who has 30 years’ aviation experience, the last 12 of which have been spent working with the An-124-100. Martin Griffiths joins the Dreamlifts team, with 18 years’ aviation experience, also having worked for many years with the An-124 in both operational and sales roles.

A new face in the UK sales line-up is Martin Banns, who has spent his entire career in the aviation industry, the last eight of which with the An-124. Graham Witton, Managing Director of Dreamlifts, said:

“The new Antonov sales team looks forward to continuing its strong relationships with past customers, and to providing solutions for all their outsize cargo charter requirements - no matter how complex!”

Photo: Antonov’s new sales team.